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PAGE 16 April 7, 2016 April 5, 2016 from Afghanistan! ONE MONTH LEFT ,!!! I seriously April would never get here. All we talk about is coming home and what we are going to do on leave. Still not much going on at BAE The Afghans are busy harvesting their popw seed, so ithas been quiet the past weeL Except that we had an 1:16 crash the other day. Thankfully, the pilot safely ejected and was p ked up by coalition force. The plane crashed outs e the airfidcL I didn'thear tim crash, butldo hear them taking offeveryday. They used to wake me up when tlmy take o1~ but I'm so used to it that I sleep right through it now. For those who have never heard an F16 or fighter jet taking they are super4oud and make your ears ring. When a crash happens or someone passes away, they turn off our wig They turn it off so the base ~ can notify tl~ family first, and so the family doesn't find out about it by social media. This week Bre, Seth ~ad I attend~ a Midmel lackson and Ianet Iackson concerL R was really cool and interestin The guy who sang looked klentical to Midmel! It was something to do, and we acmany iL We are currently in the rainy season here so it rains everyday and everything is floode(L We do not have a lot of concrete, so you walk on rocks or mud wherever you go. I trip all the time on the boulders, so I never thought I'd look forward to walking on concrete! lam surprised nobody has spmined an ankle yeL Seth, Bre and Allie (far dght) met a I bode the April showersMichael Jackson impersonator on base bring May flowers! this week. Distracted Driving Extra enforcement on Minnesota roads April 11 - 17 Sheriff ]oe Hagerty advises that starting April 11, the Wright County Sheriff's Office will begin conducting overtime patrols on Minnesota roads in an effort to reduce distracted driving. More than 300 law enforcement agen- cies across the state will partic- ipate in the extra enforcement distracted driving campaign that runs through April 17, and is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS). Too many lives lost Too many people arenot mak- ing driving the number one prior- ity when behind the wheel. In a five year period (2010 - 2014), 328 people lost their lives and 1,138 people suffered 5HRZRM The Mobile app that lets you track your Accountt Receive fraud alerts & transaction alerts on your smartphone, tablet, or PC, Now with transaction control! Don't Delay-Ask us how to download SHAZAM BOLTS Carl us todayl KIMBALL 398-3500 ST. AUGUSTA 251-6100 ATWATER 974-8861 KANDIYOHi 382-6.100 www. harvestbankmn, tom ~ ; .; ~,, www.,r,co,n, Y Severe Weather Awareness Week Next week is Severe Weather Awareness Week. (See story on page 2.) Please use this as a reminder to formulate safety plans for your family and work, sign up for notifications, and learn more about what you can do to remainsafe during severe weather. It's not a matter of IF, it's WHEN in Minnesota! Campaign life-changing injuries in districted driving-related crashes. Driver inattention or distrac- tion was the number one contrib- uting factor in multiple vehicle crashes in 2014. More than 86,000 crashes were distracted driving-related from 2010 - 2014, contributing to one in four crashes. During the 2015 distracted driving extra enforcement cam- paign, law enforcement cited 909 drivers for texting and driving, an 80 percent increase over the previ- ous year. Distracted driving behaviors Posting on Facebook, checking that box score or Googling infor- mation on a device while driv- ing are all against the law under Minnesota's "Use of Wireless Communications Device" statute, which is commonly referred to as the texting and driving law. Distractions that could lead to a crash can also include but are not limited to music, eating and drinking, children fighting or an adult passenger's behavior. Do your part Cell phones Put the phone down, turn it off or place it out of reach. Music and other controls Pre-program radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-ac- cess spot. Adjust mirrors and ven- tilation before traveling. Navigation Map out the destination and enter the GPS route in advance. Eating and drinking Avoid messy foods and secure drinks. Children Teach children the importance of good behav- ior in a vehicle and model proper driving behavior. Passengers -- Speak up to stop drivers from distracted driv- ing behavior and offer to help with anything that takes the driver's attention off the road. Enhanced law targets repeat offenders In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails, and access the web while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. That includes sitting at a stoplight or stop sign. It is also illegal for drivers with a per- mit or provisional driver's license to use a cell phone while driving, except for emergencies to call 911. Under Minnesota's enhanced law, drivers face a $275 fine, plus court fees, for second and sub- sequent violations of the texting while driving law. If you injure or kill someone because of texting and driving, you can face a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation or homicide. Annandale Expo April 9 This coming Saturday is the Annandale Expoi, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the high school. The U of M Raptor program isthefeature this year. (See ad on page 3.) Free workshop in Kimball Dingmann Funeral Care is hosting a free workshop on identity theft, medical assistance, and funeral/cremation planning. RSVP req'd (320) 398-5055. The event is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, at Dingmann's in Kimball (see ad on page 4 for details). Donate to EV-W Robotics team A GoFundMe site has been set up for the EV-W Robotics team to help defray costs for them to compete in the World contest in St. Louis. They won regionals in this their first year in competition. They will leave April 26. Here's the site: https:// y5wa6a5w Until April 9, you can order a T-shirt or hoodie to support the team, too. Go to www.rambow. corn and enter store code EVWROBOTICS. All profits will go to the team. Sign up for Kimball's All-City Garage Sale (See details on page 3.) Sign- ups are now being accepted for the May 14 All-City Garage Sale in Kimball. Sign up is at the Tri- County News office, or by calling Jayne at (320) 398-5000. There is no cost to participate in the All-City Garage Sale, but you must sign up to be included on the map and in advertising. All costs for the sale are being paid by the Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce. (So please thank a Chamber member!) Valley Daze interest? If you would like to be in the Valley Daze parade, or have a vendor site in the food court area or craft fair, contact Donna Garvey Kimball Days wants you The Kimball Days committee is seeking additional volunteers. If interested, please call chair Brian Kiffmeyer at (320) 493-5276. Upcoming benefits April 8, St. Paul's Lutheran smelt/fish fry (Eden Valley) April 8, Ducks Unlimited banquet at Powder Ridge (advance tickets only) April 9, Beer & Wine Expo at River Lakes Civ Arena (Richmond) April Sam Rossman benefit at Genorat ns eanroom (Kirnbaa) - May 7,"Kimbalrs Got Talent" contest through Kimball Senior Scholarship - May 21, Kimball Kruisers 4-H Klover Klomp 51( ran/walk (See calendar on page 14 for details.)